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COP leader supports reintroduction of death penalty in Trinidad

Published:Sunday | January 4, 2015 | 5:16 PM

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, Jan. 4, CMC – With seven murders already recorded since the start of the year, leader of the Congress of the People (COP), Prakash Ramadhar says those who commit murder must pay the ultimate penalty.

Following an executive meeting of the party on Saturday, Ramadhar told reporters that he is in support of the death penalty and will assist the People’s Partnership (PP) in pushing through legislation when the matter is brought before Parliament again.

“It is important for us to recognise that a message has to be sent that those who're willing to take life, that the most severe consequence is available to them,” Ramadhar said. “That is why the Government had brought legislation in the past to categorise murders, the most grievous of them, premeditated murders, assassinations. Those are the ones that once one is charged and convicted, you must pay the penalty with your life.”

He added that while efforts had been made to speed up trials, before the cases could go to trial they must be solved and suspects arrested, and the use of science would go a long way towards achieving those ends.

Last year, Trinidad and Tobago recorded 403 murders, compared to 407 the previous year.

COP holds six seats among the 42 representatives in the Parliament of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago.

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